Svaldi earns an "A" from trustees


The Board of Trustees for Adams State College unanimously approved a positive evaluation of President David Svaldi's job performance at its Aug. 27 meeting.

ASC President David Svaldi

ASC President David Svaldi

"We are pleased to award a grade of "A" for Dr. Svaldi's first four years as President of Adams State College," said Trustee Mary Griffin, head of the Board's Presidential Evaluation Sub-Committee.

ASC Trustee Mary Griffin

ASC Trustee Mary Griffin

The sub-committee's summary noted: "Dr. Svaldi was appointed as interim president at the end of a very tumultuous period for Adams State. Since his appointment, he has exceeded expectations, providing a steadying hand and unifying presence for students, faculty, and staff. He has truly brought the campus together."

Svaldi was appointed president of Adams State College in June 2006, after serving as acting and interim president during the preceding year. Now in his 25th year at Adams State, he joined the faculty as an associate professor of communications in 1986.

Griffin said: "Dr. Svaldi has chosen and empowered the staff and faculty at Adams State to achieve great things on behalf of the College. Witness our record enrollment, the launch of several successful graduate programs, the many capital projects and improvements around campus, and the palpable excitement, both within our growing campus community and within the larger Alamosa community."

Positive growth & change

The college expects to top last fall's record enrollment of 3,369 by about 5 percent, according to Dr. Michael Mumper, senior vice president for Enrollment & Program Development. He said the new freshman class is up 5 percent over 2009, and retention of first-time, full-time students from their first to second year increased this fall to nearly 60 percent. (Final enrollment data will be available Sept. 7.) Nearly 32 percent of undergraduate students are of Hispanic descent; Adams State is a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution.

Adams State now offers seven graduate programs, with additions in recent years including on-line counselor education, Master's in Business Administration, and a master's in higher education administration and leadership, begun this fall.

Construction will soon be complete on the college's first new student residence hall in 50 years, the Residences at Rex, and remodeling of existing student housing continues. A new stadium/community building is nearing completion, as is the new North Campus Green, which creates open, pedestrian-friendly space linking student life facilities.

Work will begin this winter to remodel the Education & Social Sciences Building, Music Building, and Leon Memorial Concert Hall. The college is also in the process of expanding on-campus parking lots.

The sub-committee further found: "Dr. Svaldi inherited a tenuous financial situation and has re-established a strong foundation for the college, one that will help the college weather the ongoing budgetary challenges presented by financial constraints at the state level."

By Julie Waechter